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TITLE
Helicopter delivering materials to site for hydro electric poles
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_8_023
PLACENAME
Strollamus
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
1990s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8827
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
helicopter
cement
Helicopter delivering materials to site for hydro electric poles

Helicopters are often contracted by the Hydro Board to transport materials and machinery to remote areas or where access is difficult. Shown here a helicopter is lowering a barrel of cement where a hydro electric pole is positioned, but in this exposed site will need to be cemented in place. This was during the construction of the main line running through the Isle of Skye, from Waternish in the north to Kylerhea in the south.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000.


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Helicopter delivering materials to site for hydro electric poles

INVERNESS: Strath

1990s

hydro-electric; helicopter; cement

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

Helicopters are often contracted by the Hydro Board to transport materials and machinery to remote areas or where access is difficult. Shown here a helicopter is lowering a barrel of cement where a hydro electric pole is positioned, but in this exposed site will need to be cemented in place. This was during the construction of the main line running through the Isle of Skye, from Waternish in the north to Kylerhea in the south.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'. <br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity. <br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />